Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sarath and Corruption – unanswered questions

Ananda De Costa
Soon after Sarath’s resignation, came his corruption story initiated by journalists, not by government. People got carried away by this story in Asian Tribune that only a few saw the hidden second motive behind the story with the heading “ Every Bullet … Innocent Tamil Civilians ..”. If this story was published six months ago it would have been an entirely different story. Why the comprehension of so many patriots weakened once they knew that Sarath was now going against Mahinda. True patriots should never lose their heads over stories of various actions by individuals. Regardless of Mahinda,Sarath or anyone else, very few Sinhalese killed innocent Tamils on racial grounds. The real killing of the innocence was the only invention of the Tamil Tigers. One should defend this before defending individuals.

Sarath’s corruption storey was not even challenged by Sarath himself. Mahinda’s corruption stories, on the other hand, are inheritance of all Heads of Governments thanks to the behaviour of Sri Lankan politicians since independence. Corruption in the US, Australia, UK and elsewhere during election campaigns is a “way of life” or endorsed as to be complied with the “western values system”. To them, whatever done within their legal system is justified. In the case of Muslim terrorist, anything they do is justifiable. If anything found to be not within the value system, just say sorry and everything is then assumed to be forgiven by the people and the God. Whether Mahinda is corrupted or not he will always be blamed since he is a Sri Lankan President. These corruption allegations went into full swing once his anti western stand was clear. However, Satrah is yet to reject his moral and monetary corruption allegations properly. He did not even reject his “moral corruption” stories. Therefore, these allegations should be true. Perhaps he is assuming these as his privileges, similar to western value system.

What is so good about Sarath so that Sri Lankans should give him the mandate to be the President ?

His argument is he won the war against Tamil Tigers; therefore he can win the corruption war too. Assuming Sri Lankans are stupid, he went to declare his assets openly. Did he disclose all the wealth under his wife’s name, children’s name and under other relative’s names and how the huge rent he is currently paying is earned? Sri Lankans are wonderful people to forgive him for earning some money since he helped to win the war. But they will not forgive him for joining Ranil Ponseka and the western conspirators. If war is the main achievement, corruption is forgivable, but the betrayal of friends and motherland will not be forgiven.

Judging from Sarath’s behaviour after the war ended, one can easily conclude that he has no ability to manage a country. He is a disgrace to his own relatives and the Sinhalese race. While all other heads of armed forces behaved very well, this man’s behaviour was disgraceful in every sense. He is not listening to anyone while Mahinda is listening to everyone. He simply has no qualification whatsoever to be a democratic leader. He is not an intelligent man. This leads me to another question.

Why the Rajapaksa’s appointed him as the head of the army ?

Surely Gota should have known his qualities and abilities. Then why did they still wanted him ? One can only think that this man only knows how to kill the enemy. If he is selected to be the President, he will do what he can do. Forget about the war against corruption; he will kill his enemies. He will create another killing field.

The first constitutional amendment we urgently need is to pass laws to pre-qualify politicians. Moral wholesomeness will be of utmost importance in addition to paper qualifications. This man has none.

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